27.09.2019 09:04

Through Oulu by Sykkeli


Our two employees Juri H. and Max M. have also returned safely from Finland. They spent a week at the Luovi Vocational College in Oulu within the framework of Erasmus+, and they are also overwhelmed by many positive impressions.

The Euro-BBW has been working with Luovi Vocational College since 2008. The College offers young people and adults with special needs vocational education and training in six different areas and has also acquired the Erasmus+ Mobility Charter.

During their stay abroad, Max and Juri spent time in several Luovi departments, e.g. in IT or home economics training, in pre-vocational training, but also in boarding school and leisure. In addition to the "main building" in Oulu, about 35 km away in Muhos, there is also a "branch office" of Luovi, where mechatronics engineers and logistics specialists are trained. In addition, a group of trainees learns how to find their way in nature as a kind of "forestry assistant", how to maintain the forest or how to move fallen trees from roads.

Another visit took our colleagues to Raahe, 80 km away, where they met another college that cooperates with Luovi College. The Brahe-College offers 1300 young people training and vocational preparation in many professions such as metal construction, hairdressing or horse care.

Juri and Max have also discovered similarities and differences between German and Finnish education. They were particularly impressed by the fact that in Finland people can start their pre-vocational training and learning at any time and can also have skills they have already acquired informally credited towards the training content. In this sense, the pace of learning is not as rigid as in Germany, as the skills, similar to a modular system, are not required in bundled examinations, but are tested in authentic practical situations. In this way, pupils who learn fast or those who have already acquired some knowledge/skills themselves can complete their exams more quickly. Others can, at their own pace, spend a year longer in training by earning the necessary credits.

The two spent their free time exploring Oulu on foot or by bike, barbecuing on the beach, in the many beautiful parks of the city, agt the theatre, at the history museum and at the science center.

A more detailed report with many beautiful photos can be found in their travel blog at https://staffinfinnland2019.tumblr.com/.

Our colleagues are enthusiastic about their stay abroad in Finland. "All the people we met were extremely helpful and hospitable. It's great to have Erasmus+ and to have had these wonderful experiences."